BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 1:30 pm, OH

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Ohio. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Columbus bureau at 614-885-2727 or APColumbus@ap.org. Lisa Cornwell is on the desk, followed by Mark Gillispie. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or awelsh@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.




COLUMBUS — A federal judge blocks an Ohio law aimed at diverting public money from Planned Parenthood, saying in a Friday ruling that the group stood to suffer “irreparable injury.” By Ann Sanner. SENT: 530 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.




CINCINNATI — Some friends don’t let friends talk politics anymore on Facebook. Others are on “unfriending” sprees. And some have decided to just shut down their accounts, as the divisive presidential campaign causes a deluge of news feeds amid photos of smiling kids’ first day of school and what’s on the grill for dinner. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 610 words. AP Photos


COLUMBUS — A federal judge dismisses the civil-rights lawsuit filed by Ohio State University’s fired marching band director, putting an almost certain end to Jonathan Waters’ two-year legal fight. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m. Pursuing AP Photos.


LITTLETON, N.H. — In many states, including Ohio, Maine and New Jersey, authorities grappling with an alarming surge in opioid abuse are filing homicide, involuntary manslaughter or related charges against dealers. They argue fatal overdoses should be treated as crimes, and that stiff sentences deliver justice and may deter others. By Sharon Cohen. SENT: 1,130 words. AP Photos, Video, Graphic. FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2016, AT 12:01 A.M. EDT.



Faced with an alarming increase in opioid addiction, a growing number of prosecutors are charging dealers not just for selling but for the deaths of customers who overdose on heroin or fentanyl. Here are some questions and answers about opioid abuse and this approach to pursuing dealers. By Sharon Cohen. SENT: 920 words. AP Graphic. FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2016, AT 12:01 A.M. EDT.


Tempers are rising in America, along with the temperatures; two decades ago, the issue of climate change wasn’t as contentious. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 1,030 words. AP Photos. FOR RELEASE MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2016, AT 12:01 A.M. EDT.


TOLEDO — The mother of a 2-year-old boy who was found dead in a bedroom where the thermostat was set so high that temperatures reached at least 100 degrees is sentenced to two years in prison. SENT: 260 words.


COLUMBUS — Dr. Charles Elmaraghy and his colleagues in the ear, nose and throat division of Nationwide Children’s Hospital keep a jar filled with all the tiny, colorful items they’ve rescued from deep inside kids’ ears, noses and mouths. By Emily Tate, The Columbus Dispatch. SENT: 630 words. AP Photos. A member exchange.


— SWINE FLU-OHIO: Officials say two children became ill with a new version of the flu virus after being in contact with infected pigs at a west-central Ohio county fair.

— HIT-SKIP-BICYCLIST KILLED: Authorities have identified a bicyclist who died on a city street in Ohio after he was hit by a motorist who police say fled the scene.

— BAT BITE-RABIES: Officials say a bat that was infected with rabies bit a woman in southwest Ohio.

— MISSING FISHERMAN FOUND DEAD: Authorities say they’ve recovered the body of a fisherman who went missing after he jumped into the Great Miami River in southwest Ohio for a swim.

— POOL RESCUE-TODDLER SAVED: Authorities say a 3-year-old boy is safe after a partygoer rescued the toddler from a pool in southwest Ohio.

— TODDLER DEATH-MOTHER CHARGED: A woman whose 4-year-old daughter died several days after she was found unresponsive in the bathroom of their home has been charged with murder.

— STORE CLERK KILLS SUSPECT: Prosecutors say a convenience store clerk was justified in fatally shooting a teenage robbery suspect two weeks ago in southwest Ohio and won’t be charged criminally.

— MILITARY BASE-SECURITY BREACH: A man accused of causing two buildings to be evacuated at Ohio’s largest military base after driving through a security gate is set for trial this fall.

— DIARRHEAL DISEASE-OUTBREAK: Public health officials in central Ohio have declared a community outbreak of a diarrheal disease caused by a parasite.

— BLUE ANGELS-NEW PILOT: A new pilot has begun training with the Navy’s elite Blue Angels, whose next performance is set for the Cleveland National Air Show in September.

— RIG COUNT: The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 17 this week to 481.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to APColumbus@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Ohio and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.